Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo says that one of the best decisions made by owner/general manager Jerry Jones was to stand by head coach Jason Garrett after the team finished each of the previous three seasons with an 8-8 record.
The Cowboys clinched the NFC East and the team’s first playoff berth since 2009 with a 42-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“Jason is the best head coach in the league that no one talks about,” Romo said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I mean, he’s really gifted at his ability to communicate to his players. He’s got a great mind for the game of football.”
Romo, the league's highest-rated passer, says that Garrett is as "good of a coach as I’ve ever been around. Romo played his first season under Hall of Famer Bill Parcells.
“One of the best things Jerry has done was just stand by him and let his system, his mantra, his philosophy play itself out," Romo said, according to the report. "I think that you’re seeing the dividends, you’re reaping the rewards of having him stay in place. Jason is going to figure it out.”
Jones refused to discuss the status of Garrett’s contract. Garrett has a 40-31 record in nearly five seasons with the Cowboys.
“You know I don’t talk about our contracts and as it turns out he happens to fall in a contract definition of some work to do,” Jones said.
The Cowboys play the Washington Redskins in their season finale on Sunday.
- Scooby Axson